Scholarships for young innovators

Scholarships have long been an important and exciting initiative at MindFuel and our partners. Scholarships are an investment in the future of Alberta and Canada. They are meant to address challenges facing our country: shortage of knowledge workers focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and the ongoing need to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 ARE NOW CLOSED!

Please scroll below to see details about a new bursary program for tech developer training.

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GrowSafe Systems Founders, in memory of Dr. Terry Rachuk, PhD

Annual scholarship of $2,500, one award

Eligibility: Students must be graduating from an Alberta high school and entering their first year in a STEM related program at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution Click for more...
  • Students must be graduating from an Alberta high school.
  • Students must be entering their first year in an undergraduate applied science or science education program at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution.
  • Annual scholarship of $2,500 awarded to one recipient, for first year post-secondary education;
  • Involvement in science fairs, Junior Achievement, 4H and other community activities are considered an asset.
  • Email to: scholarships@mindfuel.ca using this subject line: GrowSafe Systems scholarship application 
  • Deadline: midnight on July 31, 2022

Stanley Dana Weber Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Stanley Dana Weber

2022 scholarship of $2,500, one award

Eligibility: Students must be graduating from an Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba high school and entering their first year in a STEM related program at an Canadian post-secondary institution Click for more...

Are you a trailblazer? Do you zag where others zig?  If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this is the scholarship opportunity for you!  You’re not performative, but you’re tuned in and have a vision.  You understand the world in a broad way: you’re a mentor, and you impart your wisdom and give your patience to those around you, in hopes they will understand how to unlock their best potential.  Do you tinker and ponder, adapt and innovate, mentor and influence.  Are you technical and mathematical, a “details mean everything” thinker, connected to the ‘big picture’, a believer in quality over quantity, and a taker of sensible risks? If so, then this is for you.

This scholarship is offered in the name of Stan Weber, whose life and whose professional and personal attainments were cut sadly short in January of 2022.  In a career arc that took him from the oil patch to Chevron, to ATCO and beyond, Stan never stopped tinkering and pondering, adapting and innovating, mentoring and influencing.  He was a hard-headed optimist and a calculated risk-taker.  Stan Weber always pushed up against the boundaries of what was possible and doable, in the name of furthering his understanding of the world he inhabited.

Students must:

  • Be graduating from an AB, SK or MB high school.
  • Be registered in an undergraduate  program at an accredited Canadian university or college
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent-residence status
  • Exhibit passion for STEM. Preference given to students who can expressly explain how this passion for STEM and their education will form their vision to change the world.
  • Demonstrate the visionary, leadership, mentoring, and influencer qualities of Stanley Weber as described in the paragraph above through various means and activities such as volunteer work, community service, developmental clubs or programs, etc.
  • Provide a written essay (max 500 words): while the student might not have the highest GPA, we want to hear about your vision to change the world – what have you done for your community? What do you plan to do?
  • Email complete submission to: scholarships@mindfuel.ca using this subject line: Stanley Dana Weber Memorial Scholarship application 
  • Deadline: midnight on July 31, 2022

Creative Destruction Lab - Rockies (CDL-Rockies) Opportunities Scholarship

Annual scholarship of up to $2,500, one award

Eligibility: Grade 12 students graduating from an Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba high school, who identify as women, two-spirit, transgender and non-binary. Click for more...

The purpose of the CDL-Rockies Opportunities Scholarship is to make a positive contribution toward ending the gender gap in STEM, while encouraging our best and brightest to explore opportunities that exist within the prairies. Women represent 51% of the population yet continue to be underrepresented in technical studies, careers and women-led startups. Only 3% of all venture capital is deployed to women. Our aspiration is that through increased access to STEM education for innovative women-identified individuals within the Prairies, we will increase the likelihood of those individuals continuing in STEM-related careers within those communities.

  • Eligibility: Grade 12 students graduating from an Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba high school, who identify themselves as women, two-spirit, transgender and non-binary
  • Students must be entering their first year in an undergraduate STEM-related (science, technology, engineering or math) program at an accredited post-secondary institution located in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.
  • Annual scholarship of up to $2,500 awarded to one recipient, as follows: $1,000 awarded for first year post-secondary education; $1,500 for second year, provided the recipient has maintained an 80% grade average throughout their first year.
  • Email to: scholarships@mindfuel.ca using this subject line: CDL-Rockies scholarship application
  • Deadline: midnight on July 31, 2022

CDL-Rockies accelerates the commercialization of tech startups representing the companies of tomorrow. Since 2017, our alumni companies have generated +$1 billion in equity value. Housed at the Haskayne School of Business at UCalgary, we deliver a mentorship-first program supported through a not-for-profit funding model. We connect ventures to a curated selection of subject matter experts in three areas – energy, agriculture and prime, playing a leading role in Calgary’s innovation ecosystem. Visit us here to learn more about CDL.

2022 Key Dates

  • Applications are now open
  • Applications close July 31st, 2022 at midnight
  • The chosen applicant will be notified by email if they were selected

Qualifications

Submission info:

  • Applications to be submitted by email – please see details for each scholarship
  • Only the documents listed below will be presented to the Awards Committee. Any additional material will be discarded.

Each application must include:

  • a unique essay of 500 – 750 words describing your vision for the future and how you’ll use STEM to bring positive change
  • up to 3 letters of recommendation
  • official high school transcript
  • a letter or notification from a post-secondary institution where you have been accepted to a STEM-based program

InceptionU Bursary

The InceptionU Bursary program, in partnership with MindFuel, is designed to help self-funded applicants access the InceptionU Full Stack Developer program. Learners can receive up to $2,500 towards their program fees.

In order to apply for a bursary, learners must:

  • Submit an online application form to the Full Stack Developer program. 
  • Complete the extensive and thorough program intake interviews.
  • Be accepted and offered a seat in the Full Stack Developer program.
  • Learners will then be directed to the bursary application page (password protected).
  • InceptionU and MindFuel determine bursary recipients.

For more information contact scholarships@mindfuel.ca or info@inceptionu.com

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